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Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies {Recipe}

Watch out…I’ve got a delicious, easy, slightly addictive and crowd pleasing recipe for you today.

no bake chocolate peanut butter cookies

Say hello to these Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies. My friends lovingly refer to them as my “chocolate balls” and I get asked all the time if I’m bringing them to get togethers.


They are relatively “clean” as far as sweets go and feature peanut butter, oats, coconut oil and cocoa powder. You do use organic cane sugar to sweeten them. I used chocolate peanut butter for this batch but I usually use regular salted natural peanut butter. You can use rolled oats or quick oats. I prefer rolled for a chewier texture. If it’s too much for you, go with quick oats.


The first step is to make a chocolate peanut butter sauce by melting together the coconut oil, cocoa powder, milk and sugar and then stirring in the peanut butter and vanilla extract. I could drink this in a cup.


And then you add in the oats and let the mixture chill as it soaks up all the good stuff.


Once the mixture is set you roll the cookies into balls and eat away. Sometimes I dust them in powdered sugar but most of the time I leave them how they are. These cookies are chewy and satisfying. I love the slight coconut flavor that the coconut oil adds. I know these are a hit with adults but I bet they’d be popular with kids as well.

The best part? They’re super simple to prep and take under 10 minutes to mix together AND you get to eat the batter while you’re making them. Win, win!

Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies
(Recipe source the now defunct blog Peas and Thank You…I’m glad I can help this recipe live on.)


1 cup organic sugar
2 tablespoons coconut oil
3/4 cup non-dairy or organic milk (non dairy = almond, coconut, soy, etc)
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup natural peanut butter of your choice (smooth, chunky, chocolate, whatever!)
3 cups oats, quick cooking or old fashioned
1/2 cup organic powdered sugar (optional for rolling at the end)


In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, coconut oil, milk and cocoa powder. Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat and then lower the heat and simmer for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and add salt, vanilla and peanut butter. Put oats in a large mixing bowl and pour chocolate mixture over the top. Alternatively, skip this step and just add the oats to the saucepan. Stir until peanut butter mixture and oats are fully incorporated. Mixture might seem a little runny but oats will absorb the liquid while they set.

Place dough in the fridge for an hour to let chill. If you’re in a hurry, stick it in the freezer. When dough has chilled scoop out by the tablespoon and roll into balls. If desired, roll them in powdered sugar. Otherwise, store in the refrigerator. They stay good for days in an airtight container.

Yield: 24-30 cookies

*Note: I half this recipe often for a quick treat!



{ 21 comments… add one }
  • 1
    Lauren @ Sassy Molassy January 23, 2014, 12:23 pm

    Mmm.. yum. Yes, sad that peas and thank you is no longer. I have her cookbook, but some of my favorite recipes were on her blog.

  • 2
    Alaina January 23, 2014, 12:27 pm

    I have had a jar of coconut oil just staring at me from the pantry. Now I know what to do with it! 🙂

  • 3
    She Rocks Fitness January 23, 2014, 3:04 pm

    Sending this to one of my favorite clients in NJ who loves your sweet recipes. 🙂 XOXO

    • 4
      Erika White January 23, 2014, 4:33 pm

      Jen, can you use sunflower seed butter?

      • 5
        Jen January 23, 2014, 5:15 pm

        i haven’t tried it but i’m sure you can. try it and let me know how it turns out! 😛

        • 6
          Anne Marie January 23, 2014, 7:29 pm

          I used almond butter and it’s wonderful, I bet it would work great.

          • 7
            Erika White January 23, 2014, 7:40 pm

            Thanks so much!

  • 8
    Rebecca January 23, 2014, 5:00 pm

    Hi, sorry, I hope this isn’t weird because I read your blog but never comment. I saw this online and thought a) of you, because you’ve spoken that you love this quote, and b) that it was lovely.


    • 9
      Jen January 23, 2014, 5:15 pm

      aww, it’s not weird at all. i love that card. thank you so much for sharing!

  • 10
    Anne Marie January 23, 2014, 7:27 pm

    I literally read the recipe and ran to the kitchen – I’m back and eating a chocolate ball! They are so easy and so delicious, thank you SO much for the great recipe!

  • 11
    Sara @ LovingOnTheRun January 23, 2014, 8:10 pm

    Yum this look delicious! I think my husband would really love this. May have to try it out for a healthy treat this weekend.

  • 12
    Tara | Treble in the Kitchen January 24, 2014, 4:33 am

    These look right up my alley!!! YUM! When I have completed whole 30…I am definitely making these 🙂

  • 13
    Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) January 24, 2014, 8:20 am

    I definitely need to try these! They sound delicious and I love having healthier treats around for when H deserves something special 🙂

  • 14
    heidi January 24, 2014, 10:24 am

    These look delish!!!! Thank you for the recipe (and the photos)!

    Happy Friday!

  • 15
    Holly January 24, 2014, 1:49 pm

    I just made these! They are so good and easy. I used 100% pure maple syrup instead of the sugar and they still taste good. I didn’t bother rolling them into balls yet…I’m too impatient 🙂 I just threw some in a bowl to enjoy right away! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  • 16
    Amber January 27, 2014, 12:24 am

    I made these tonight and I realized too late that I didn’t have enough cocoa powder on hand! So I also used 1/2 cup chocolate whey protein powder to make up for the missing cocoa powder and they turned out awesome. So yummy! Thanks Jen!

  • 17
    Sahil March 13, 2014, 1:27 pm

    This recipe looks great, I never had chocolate peanut cookies, Definetly going to try them this weekend.

  • 18
    Beverly December 22, 2014, 12:54 pm

    Love your blog. Just wanted to give you a heads up that some of your photographs have not been downloading for the last 3 days or so. Could be me, but some photos download and others do not within the same post. For instance today the first photo will not download. Yesterday the first photo also did not download. Merry Christmas Jen!!!!

  • 19
    Phoebe March 22, 2015, 6:21 pm

    This is an oldie but I wanted to let you know this is a favorite in our house! I like to use half white sugar and half brown sugar and it’s super tasty that way! Sometimes I add a tablespoon of ground flax too, just to feel a little better about this treat lol.

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